If you suffered injuries in a car accident in Texas, you can recover the cost of your medical bills and other accident-related expenses. You may also seek financial awards for your physical pain and emotional suffering.
You Can Recover Economic Damages
Economic damages are the actual monetary expenses resulting from your accident and injuries. These damages also include loss of income. In a successful car accident settlement or verdict in Texas, you could receive economic awards for:
- Medical care – This includes the cost of all past and future medical treatment related to your accident. You may recover costs for emergency room care, surgeries, hospitalizations, doctor and specialist visits, rehabilitation services, and long-term nursing assistance.
- Medications and medical devices – This includes awards for prescription medications, walkers, wheelchairs, prosthetics, or other necessary medical equipment.
- Property damages – Vehicle damages can be expensive. You can seek the cost of repairs or pursue awards for your car’s fair market value if the damages result in a total loss. You can also recover the cost of alternate transportation, such as rental car fees.
- Miscellaneous expenses – Your injuries may require you to pay for help with household tasks such as cooking, cleaning, and childcare. You may have costs associated with medical travel or need to modify your home to accommodate for your injuries. You can seek the value of these and other out-of-pocket expenses stemming from your collision.
- Lost wages – You can recover the back pay you missed due to your injuries. If you suffered an injury that prevents you from returning to your previous employment, you may be able to seek awards for the loss of your future earning potential.
You Can Seek Awards for Non-Economic Losses
Non-economic damages provide personal injury victims with financial awards for the physical pain, mental anguish, and emotional suffering caused by their accident. You can seek non-economic awards, also known as damages for pain and suffering, for issues including:
- Chronic pain
- Paralysis or loss of mobility
- Loss of cognitive functioning
- Depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Scarring, disfigurement, or loss of a bodily function
- Loss of enjoyment of life
How Much is the Average Car Accident Settlement?
Every car accident case is different, and the value of your damages will depend on factors unique to you, such as your age, the severity of your injuries, and the extent of your pain and suffering.
However, according to the Insurance Information Institute (III), in 2018, the average bodily injury liability claim neared $16,000. In the same year, the average property damage claim fell just under $4,000.
Can You Recover Awards on Behalf of a Deceased Loved One?
Yes, according to Texas law, if your spouse, child, or parent suffered a fatal injury due to another party’s negligence, you can recover financial awards on their behalf. This may include:
- The cost of your loved one’s medical treatment
- The loss of your loved one’s earning capacity
- The loss of your family member’s love, companionship, and society
- Surviving family members’ mental and emotional pain and suffering
You Should not Have to Pay for an Accident You did not Cause
Texas drivers who speed, drive drunk, disobey traffic laws, or otherwise behave negligently behind the wheel should be financially responsible for injuries they cause. If your accident was not your fault, a lawyer with D. Miller & Associates, PLLC™ can help. Our team will:
- Investigate your accident and prove another party’s negligent actions caused your injuries and financial losses
- File your insurance claim or lawsuit
- Communicate with all involved parties on your behalf
- Gather evidence and documentation, manage your paperwork, and track case deadlines
- Keep you updated on the progress of your case and return your phone calls and emails in a timely fashion
- Help you schedule medical appointments, even if you do not have health insurance
- Work tirelessly to achieve a settlement or verdict in your favor
If the insurance company does not agree to a fair settlement amount, we will not back down from taking your case to trial. Be aware that Texas law generally allows a two-year statute of limitations for personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits. Contact us to get started before your window of time expires.
Reach Out to D. Miller & Associates, PLLC™ for Help Recovering Your Car Accident Losses
Since 2002, D. Miller & Associates, PLLC™ has helped car accident victims just like you seek justice. We will handle every aspect of your case so that you can turn your attention to your healing and your family.
We will never give you the runaround, leave you in the dark about the status of your case, or complicate things with confusing legalese. Instead, we pride ourselves on our accessibility to our clients and are here to provide you with simple, straightforward answers. To get started, call today at (713) 850-8600 for a free case evaluation.
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